VDOT News - Fredericksburg



Darragh Frye 540-899-4119


Dec. 16, 2022

Once the ramp opens, crews will close original Rappahannock River bridge for maintenance work, and all I-95 northbound traffic will use the new bridge

UPDATE (Monday, Dec. 19 at 1:45 p.m.) -- A new, temporary off-ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to exit 133 (Falmouth/Warrenton) in Stafford County will open by 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. The ramp was scheduled to open Monday morning, and this work was postponed by one day. The temporary ramp is part of construction on the I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. Starting early Monday, Dec. 19, Interstate 95 northbound travelers seeking exit 133 (Route 17) to Falmouth and Warrenton in Stafford County will begin using a temporary off-ramp north of the Rappahannock River. 

Once the new off-ramp opens, the original northbound Rappahannock River bridge will close for maintenance work.   

Earlier this month, crews with the I-95 Northbound Rappahannock River Crossing project met a major milestone by opening the new I-95 bridge. 

Currently, four lanes of I-95 northbound are crossing the Rappahannock River between the City of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. Three lanes of traffic are crossing the new I-95 northbound bridge. A fourth lane crosses the original northbound Rappahannock River bridge, and allows motorists to access exit 133 (Falmouth/Warrenton). 

Crews are expected to open the temporary off-ramp to the exit 133 (Route 17) interchange by 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. 

Travelers seeking Route 17 northbound toward Warrenton or Route 17 southbound toward Falmouth will use the temporary off-ramp, which is slightly north of the river. At the end of the off-ramp, a temporary traffic signal directs traffic at the intersection with Route 17. 

Northbound I-95 traffic will remain in this long-term traffic pattern until spring 2024 when the $132 million project is expected to be complete. 

Click here to view an online graphic. 

Construction will continue over the next 18 months to finish the local travel lanes and to perform maintenance on the existing northbound Rappahannock River bridge while it is closed.

The project is adding three additional travel lanes on the busiest segment of I-95 in the Fredericksburg area, which carries around 150,000 vehicles a day.

For additional information on this project and others on I-95 in the Fredericksburg area, please visit Improve95.org.


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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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